England prop Mako Vunipola has been ruled out of Sunday’s Six Nations clash with Ireland after travelling to Tonga due to family reasons.
The 29-year-old, who missed the opening match against France, was not included in Eddie Jones’ 33-man selection – with Bath’s Beno Obano coming in to replace him.
Here is everything you need to know about the 25-year-old prop.
1. Starting out
Loosehead prop Obano joined the Bath Academy in August 2014. A former student of Dulwich College, the dynamic Obano made 19 appearances for Bath Rugby in a breakthrough 2016/17 campaign.
He’s an absolute unit. The powerhouse weighs an impressive 18st 13lb (120kg)
3. First call-ups
In December 2017, Obano received his first England call up for the 34 man Six Nations training squad, but didn’t play. He was then called up for the Summer tour to South Africa in 2018 but was injured during camp. He did play against Barbarians in summer 2019, but this was a none-cap game.